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contrapuntal

Syllabification: con·tra·pun·tal
Pronunciation: /ˌkäntrəˈpən(t)l
 
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Definition of contrapuntal in English:

adjective

Music
1Of or in counterpoint.
Example sentences
  • Generally, they are more lyrical and less contrapuntal than their German counterparts.
  • One would expect this in something like the early Passacaglia, a contrapuntal Baroque form in which a set of variations occurs over a repeating bass.
  • One finds this mirrored in the antiphonies between orchestral groups in a huge, highly contrapuntal gigue.
1.1(Of a piece of music) with two or more independent melodic lines.
Example sentences
  • The dominance of contrapuntal music or the ‘first practice’ was, however, already threatened by developments occurring elsewhere on the peninsula.
  • He had trouble with highly contrapuntal music.
  • This is a tall order indeed, yet performers wishing to play contrapuntal music well have to master this juggling act.

Origin

mid 19th century: from Italian contrapunto (see counterpoint) + -al.

Derivatives

contrapuntally

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • As with everything Thomson wrote, the Stabat Mater is contrapuntally spare and open.
  • These are traditionally more elaborate contrapuntally and are often accompanied by organ.
  • However, it's also the most contrapuntally stunning on the disc.

contrapuntist

2
noun
Example sentences
  • Magnard himself was a natural contrapuntist, often seeming wilfully to shun the blandishments of orchestral colour.
  • Ever since I was a boy, I've been fascinated by the great contrapuntists from Palestrina to Bach.
  • What a marvelous contrapuntist he is, I think one of finest piano contrapuntists of the romantic period.

Words that rhyme with contrapuntal

buntal, frontal

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